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Kimberley Queen Fern

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  • Light Requirement is Full Shade to Partial Shade
  • Height 24-36 Inches
  • Width 24-36 Inches
  • Use as a filler when using in containers
  • Grow outdoors or as a houseplant!

This ‘Queen’ of ferns is a relative of the quintessential Boston fern we are more familiar with which is actually a hybrid of the Australian Sword fern, or a variant of it, if you will. Unlike a Boston fern with its gracefully arching fronds, Australian Sword fern fronds are straight, upright and narrow, giving this fern a regal appearance. And, again, like the Boston fern, it thrives in bright, indirect sunlight.

A native of Australia and New Guinea, Zones 9a through 11b, Kimberly Queen is grown as an annual container plant or houseplant in Zones 2-8. While it can be planted in your landscape, it performs best as a large container plant. Indoors it provides the benefit of improving your air quality and is non-toxic for pets. Kimberly Queen Australian Sword Fern is easy to care for once you have given it what it needs to be at its best.

Kimberley Queen Fern Care

Requiring moist but never soggy soil, Sword ferns do well with an average potting soil amended with peat moss to help retain moisture. Bright light to part shade, never full sun or full shade, not allowing it to dry completely out, monthly feedings with a balanced fertilizer like 20-20-20 diluted to ¼ or ½ strength, are about all it needs to be lush and green. Aphids, mealybugs and spider mites may infest, so treat with a mild soapy wash at the first sign of insects. Soil pH can range from 6.1 slightly acidic to 7.5 neutral.

Deadheading is not necessary. If fronds become brown and dry, they can be pruned back to the soil. Browning foliage is an indication of too much fertilizer and a dry frond may just be an older one that can be pruned. Use a sharp scissors that has been sterilized to prevent transmission of diseases. Sword ferns look wonderful in combination with caladiums, croton, superbena and petunias for a spring to fall display on your lightly shaded porch or patio.

Kimberley Queen Fern Spacing

Proper spacing of Kimberly Queen fern is important as it can reach a height of 36 inches and spread out 36 inches. Planting one alone in a large container will allow it to spread out in a mounding sphere and is quite attractive. If with other plants or massed out in your bright light indirect sun landscape, give plants 18 to 24 inches of space in between to promote air circulation and help prevent insect infestations.

Kimberley Queen Fern Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-11
Flower Color(s): Grown for Foliage
Foliage Color(s) Green
Light Exposure: Full Shade to Partial Shade
Height Class: Tall
Height: 24-36 Inches
Spread: 24-36 Inches
Spacing: 18-24 Inches
Habit: Mounded
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: No
Resists: Deer, Rabbits
Container Role: Filler
Use Types: Container, Hanging Baskets, Houseplant
Features: Low Maintenance, Foliage Interest, Deadheading Not Necessary
Maintenance: Easy
Scientific Name: Nephrolepis obliterata 'Kimberley Queen'
Common Name: Kimberley Queen Fern
Other Name(s): Australian Sword Fern
Plant Type: Annual
Brand: Proven Selections

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

2 Reviews - Kimberley Queen Fern Show Reviews

  • 5
    What a Queen!!

    Posted by Gerard McCaffery on Oct 29th 2021

    I received the biggest and most healthiest ferns ever for my garden in NYC. I ordered 2 Kimberly Queens and 2 Crested Ferns. They arrived in great condition and I was most impressed by it all. Truly!

  • 5
    Kimberley Queen...

    Posted by Cynthia A Muzny on Jun 13th 2021

    Kimberley Queen Fern